Russian Prosecutor General visits Dagestan and appoints new chief prosecutor

Russian Prosecutor General visits Dagestan and appoints new chief prosecutor
Denis Popov

Denis Popov was appointed the Dagestan chief prosecutor for five years.

As expected, Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika visited Dagestan and appointed Denis Popov its new chief prosecutor on Saturday. Denis Popov used to be Khakassia Chief Prosecutor.

The Russian President appointed Popov the Dagestan chief prosecutor for five years.

Moreover, Chaika held a meeting in Makhachkala. He ordered the new chief prosecutor to investigate how construction of Dagestan public officials’ largest houses had been funded. It is necessary to avoid appointing new governmental officials that are related to the previous ones who were involved in corrupt practices, the Prosecutor General noted.

Allocation of land is very corrupt in Dagestan, Chaika also noted. He called for local prosecutors to watch bodies responsible for land registration and allocation.

Dagestan deputies approved Popov’s appointment on February 1, as reported earlier. Ramazan Shakhbazov used to be the chief prosecutor until April 2013. He resigned while on vacation.

Dagestan has been experiencing anti-corruption purge since February 5. Ministries and bodies are being searched. Searches are expected to continue until mid-February. A number of high-ranking officials have been arrested. It is possible new criminal cases will be opened.

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